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Friends Without Benefits By Dena Blake


Dex Putnam and Grace Standish are best friends. Dex has been in love with Grace forever, but Grace is straight. However, Grace likes to have Dex jumping to her bidding and Dex has been in that zone for too long to change it even after Grace gets married to Brent. Emma Lawson is Grace’s husband’s best friend. Burnt in love once, she has been single for almost a year.

After her marriage, Grace sets about trying to get Dex hooked up. Her attempts fail and that is when Brent suggests introducing Dex and Emma. His matchmaking skills are better than Grace’s and there is immediate attraction between Dex and Emma. However, Grace is unwilling to be less than the most important person to Dex and pretty much gets in the way of the new relationship in every way possible.

Blake writes an engaging book around these and certain tertiary characters. Interestingly, though she does try to paint Grace fairly black, the spoilt, manipulative Grace is still fairly likeable. Dex’s dithering over getting Grace completely out of her life is annoying, frustrating, but maybe understandable on some level. Emma is sweet…too sweet, in fact. Her niceness to Dex is the single most annoying thing in the book. She deserved much better and certainly shouldn’t have been the one making all the effort in the relationship. There are some rather simplistic solutions to the issues between Dex and Emma and Dex never really makes an effort in the relationship.

With the title, we expected Dex and Grace to end up together, but that would have been colossally unjust to a woman as sweet as Emma.

This is a nice, easy fun read without too much angst. There is not much emotional churning and fairly good sex. Go for it for a little drop of happiness on a lazy Sunday.


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